Mother implicated in infant's disappearance

Posted: Tuesday, March 03, 2009

ANCHORAGE - A woman who reported her baby missing is accused of orchestrating the disappearance, which triggered Alaska's first fully initiated Amber Alert.

Elisa LaCroix is charged with making a false abduction report. In January, the 20-year-old woman was charged with falsely accusing an ex-boyfriend of raping her close to her due date.

LaCroix was out on bail on the earlier case when she was arrested Sunday after 3-week-old Ethan LaCroix was found at Fort Richardson in the custody of Amelia Cameron.

"The baby is safe and well," said police Lt. Dave Parker.

No charges are planned against Cameron, who told police she didn't know her friend would file a false report.

LaCroix originally claimed she put Ethan in his crib near an unlocked window Saturday night, but Parker said she actually handed him to Cameron through the window.

The father, Kaid LaCroix, checked on the baby an hour later and found him gone.

The couple is getting divorced and Elisa LaCroix feared her estranged husband - a soldier based at Fort Richardson - would take the baby before his pending deployment with the Army, according to Parker.

Army Lt. Col. Jonathan Allen said Kaid LaCroix is among soldiers being sent to Afghanistan in current deployments from the Anchorage-area post.

Parker said LaCroix intended to hide her son with her friend until her husband's deployment.

"The estranged husband was the reason she was doing all this scheming and hiding this child, so he could never have been let in on it," Parker said.

Elisa LaCroix was terrified her husband would follow through with threats to take Ethan away and that she would never see the baby again, said her attorney, Rex Butler.

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